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Twice upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales

May 30, 2017 - 5:24 pm No Comments

Twice upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales edited by Rachel Kenley and Scott T Goudsward: Authors: Armand Rosamilia, William Meikle, Bracken MacLeodPeter N. DudarMorgan SylviaDon D’AmmassaMichael KampWinifred BurnistonZach ShephardGary A. Braunbeck (Introduction)

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 30th May 2017

284 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Like most people I grew up with fairy tales, and have always loved it when authors put their own twist to them. Each story is a different tale but have one thing in common, they all had a Lovecraftian theme.

With 21 stories to capture your imagination, you be hard pressed to find a story that you don’t like. For this review, I am going to pick my favourites.

Little Maiden of the Sea by David Bernard: Using the story of The Little Mermaid, the author tells the story of a female Deep one, who wants to live with humans. Reading this story, I had the feeling that both main characters used each other to get what they wanted in life. The added twist at the end left me wondering if the plan worked.

The Horror of Hatchet Point by Zach Shephard: Based on Rumpelstiltskin and sticking very close to the original this story tells how Rumpelstiltskin uses the Queen to enable him to call forth Father Dagon. Whilst the character of Rumpelstiltskin is a hated child abductor, the author puts a spin on this character and explains the reasons behind his plan.

Let Me Come In by Simon Yee: If you have read The Three Little Pigs, the wolf is the bad guy, however in this story, the wolf has just survived The Great War against the humans and is looking for food. His meeting with the three little pigs and a mysterious white symbol tells the story in a whole new light. It was different to read it from the point of view of the wolf and I did find it funny to hear the pigs swearing, as I am used to the original fairy tale. I liked how the wolf did not use his breath to destroy the houses.

The Little Match Mi-Go by Michael Kamp: After the Old ones were released and destroyed the earth, it was left to the smallest of the Mi-Go to save the earth. This story follows this creature whilst it tries and find Ghatanothoa. Throughout this story I felt sorry for the little Mi-Go as I sensed the quest was hopeless, and I was willing it to survive.

Writing this review, I found it hard to pick my favourites as every story was good. Not having read any of these authors previous works, I did not know what to expect but I have now added more authors to my list to read. I have not read any of HP Lovecraft, but this did not stop me enjoying this book. Lovecraft’s characters suited these fairy tales and returned them to the dark tales before Disney got hold of them. If you like your fairy tales dark or just a fan of Lovecraft then this is a great book to buy.

Body Horror

August 20, 2012 - 7:30 pm No Comments

Mammoth Book of Body Horror
Editors: Paul Kane & Marie O’Regan
Publisher: Robinson
Page count/Size: 512pp
Release date: 1st March 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Body Horror – not dead bodies, your body. And something is going very wrong inside it. So Stuart Gordon, director of Re-Animator, explains in his introduction to this mammoth anthology.
Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan who have edited this anthology together, have more than earned their editorial stripes over the years. In this anthology of body horror, they bring together some if the biggest names in horror writing along with new names to scare and thrill the reader. The collection contains classics such as ‘The Tell Tale Heart’, ‘The Fly’ and ‘Who Goes There?’, the novella, which was the basis for a number of films including John Carpenter’s 1982 ‘The Thing’.

From a deformed dwarf in ‘Transformation’ by Mary Shelley, to ‘Herbert West – Re-animator’ by H P Lovecraft, stories by Richard Matheson, Stephen King and Robert Bloch, this collection boasts the best. The editors have done a great job with their selection.

These stories are gross, creepy and funny. The stand out story for me is ‘Body Politic’ by Clive Barker. I remember reading this from Books of Blood as a teenager and being awed by Barker’s originality. I am still awed today. Other stories which stand out are ‘Fruiting Bodies’ by Brian Lumley, ‘Dog Day’ by Graham Masterton and ‘Polyp’ by Barbie Wilde, who incidentally played the female coenobite in Hellraiser II.

What impresses me most about this anthology, is the fact I liked or loved eighty percent of the stories, which is a rarity these days.
A great collection well worth investing in.